A Pavlovian Shimmy


‘Hey! 30 years on the Mat and not even a spot of shamanic-power? A short bolt of ecstasy? A minor miracle or two? ‘Peace of Mind’?’

In this less than luminous Age, plan, purpose, penalty and prize, are self-evident implacable verities to the to the modern graduate who moves proudly to a Pavlovian shimmy. 

The trek is not for the intellectual tourist or the levitating mystic. The View doesn’t come easy and it doesn’t come quick. Hold-on to your day-job if you are not sure.

Shūnyam does not lead you up the mountain or into a cave. And there is nothing in the Human Condition however exalted, enchanting, muddled, banal or depraved that is not intimate with it.

Alighting on Shūnyam won’t make you rich, famous or even better-looking. And there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The rainbow ends where you stand right now. The Symbol’s full circle.

Well, a carrot perhaps. The donkey always gets a carrot after the unload. So what’s the carrot?